Lithuania's canoe and kayak teams will have an unprecedented level of representation in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro after the International Canoe Federation officially announced that Lithuania would receive another voucher for a total of three spots in the Olympics.
Andrijus Olijnikas and Ričardas Nekrošius
Andrijus Olijnikas and Ričardas Nekrošius
© Reuters/Scanpix

Due to its world rating, Lithuania has received a voucher to the 1,000-metre two-seater canoe race. In last year's world championships, two Lithuanians earned tickets to Rio de Janeiro for the 200-metre canoe and 200-metre single-seater kayak races.

Lithuania has never had this many canoe or kayak teams in the Olympics at once, and Lithuania stands to gain even more spots when, in May, Aurimas Lankas and Edvinas Ramanauskas will compete in an Olympic qualifying competition.

According to Aleksandras Alekrinskas, the president of the Lithuanian Canoe Federation, said that the two-man team with Ričardas Nekrošius and Andrejus Olijnikas had the best chance of victory at the Olympics, and also pointed out that the athletes had all won vouchers for Lithuania, not necessarily for themselves.

“It's a dream come true. Participating in the Olympics is every athlete's dream[...] Our goal at the Olympics is to get into the top eight, but Ričardas and I always set ourselves the highest goals, so we'd like to win a medal,” said Olijnikas.

“Andrejus and I are maximalists and will reach for the highest goals. We aren't saying we'll become Olympic champions, but we are capable of fighting for medals. The most important thing is making it to the final, when everything is decided by small details, and all are equal at the finish line,” said Nekrošius.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Outdoor games, audience-attended sports events could be allowed as of June

Outdoor games, like basketball and football, as well as audience-attended sports events could be...

Explore Lithuanian manors (1)

With its new video showcasing the beauty of nature, historical castles and manors, the Lithuanian...

Keeping social distance: restaurants turn into fashion displays

Lithuania’s bars, cafes and restaurants are back in business with indoor seating, yet the...

Research: what life at home looks like during quarantine (1)

The ongoing quarantine have closed Lithuanians at home for almost the longest time so far. IKEA...

Carnival Youth will perform live at “DELFI digiConcert”

The first ‘ DELFI digiConcert ” will take place on Wednesday, 20th May at 21:00 (EEST Time) and...

Top news

Lockdown extended until June 16

Lithuania’s government on Wednesday extended the coronavirus lockdown until June 16.

Special Investigation Service names biggest threat in country

Systemic corruption is the most dangerous and its initiators pose the biggest threat as experience...

Lithuania to renew flights to more German cities and Netherlands

On 27 May Lithuanian government has allowed renewing more flights to Germany and the Netherlands .

Lithuania appoints its new EU permanent representative

The Seimas of Lithuania has appointed Ruta Baneviciute as its new permanent representative to the...

8 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 8 new coronavirus cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the outbreak of the pandemic,...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina